Watford 1-2 Manchester City (02.01.2016) Live Commentary

This is how football ought to look like. Full of action, thrilling moments and spectacular opportunities. The expectations for the next games will be high. We couldn’t see either of the teams enjoying any significant control of the game. Both sides tried to combine well and to keep the ball on their feet.
There will be no more action in this match because the referee has signalled that it has finished.
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) commits an offensive foul and referee Martin Atkinson immediately signals a set piece.
Allan Nyom (Watford) serves in a nice cross, but Joe Hart (Manchester City) punches the ball away.
4 min. of stoppage-time to be played.
Odion Ighalo (Watford) wastes a huge opportunity! He receives a precise cross inside the penalty area and produces a low shot that sails to the middle of a goal. His effort, however, lacks power and the goalkeeper makes a comfortable save.
Here comes a substitution. Martin Demichelis (Manchester City) is brought on as a substitute for Sergio Aguero.
It’s a goal! Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) makes it 1:2. He jumped highest to connect with a perfect cross from Bacary Sagna and planted his close-range header into the right side of the goal. Heurelho Gomes was helpless.
Good defending. David Silva (Manchester City) tries to find Sergio Aguero inside the box, but the pass is cut out.
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) produces a lovely ball into the penalty area but the defender manages to intercept and comfortably averts the danger. The ball is out-of-play. Manchester City will have a throw-in.
Aleksandar Kolarov produces a cross from the resulting corner to find Yaya Toure (Manchester City) inside the box. He pulls the trigger and scores, sending the ball into the top left corner. What a brilliant finish. 1:1.
There’s an opportunity for Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) to deliver the ball into the box from a corner.
Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) flights in the cross, but the defender is alert and clears to safety. The ball goes out for a corner. Manchester City can continue in their attacking effort.
We are about to witness a subsitution. Adlene Guedioura (Watford) for Jose Manuel Jurado.
Etienne Capoue (Watford) makes a good run with the ball into the box, but he mishits his shot as it goes high over the bar.
Attempted cross from Jesus Navas (Manchester City) is cleared.
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) with a teasing cross into the area, but Heurelho Gomes (Watford) intercepts the ball.
Today’s match ends for Eliaquim Mangala who will be replaced by Wilfried Bony (Manchester City).
Almen Abdi (Watford) makes a yard for himself and goes for goal from long range. It never troubles the goalkeeper as it flies well wide of the left post.
What a poor attempt! Yaya Toure (Manchester City) drives another shot towards goal – this time from further out, but it couldn’t have been worse if he had shot blindfolded. The ball goes yards wide of the left post.
Allan Nyom (Watford) produces a cross into the box. The opposition’s defence clears the ball to safety. The ball is behind the sideline and Watford will take a throw-in.
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) sends a wonderful cross from the corner kick. However, the defence works perfectly to clear the ball and to avert the threat.
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) connected with a pass around the edge of the box, aimed and struck. His attempt went in the direction of the bottom right corner, but Heurelho Gomes was alert and didn’t let the score change. The ball is out-of-play. Manchester City will have a chance to score from a corner.
Yaya Toure (Manchester City) latches on to an accurate pass inside the box and immediately releases a shot towards the net. His blast went high above the crossbar.
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) attempts to find a head of one of his teammates with a promising cross into the box. The defence manages to outjump the attacking players and to avert the threat.
Jose Holebas (Watford) attempted to create a dangerous situation in front of the goal by putting a cross into the box, but the outcome differed from his intention, and no danger occurred. The assistant referee signals a throw-in for Manchester City.
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) puts a cross into the box from the corner but there is no panic for the oppositon as they easily clear.
Allan Nyom (Watford) produces a dangerous lofted cross into the box which is intercepted.
Manuel Pellegrini prepares a substitution. Raheem Sterling is replaced by Jesus Navas (Manchester City).
Allan Nyom (Watford) sprays a pass out to Odion Ighalo, but he can’t beat his man inside the box.
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) finds himself beyond the last defender, but the game is stopped by the referee after the linesman signals for offside.
The corner from David Silva (Manchester City) is hurriedly cleared.
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) sends a lofted cross into the penalty area. Unfortunately for him, the opponent’s defence deals with his cross comfortably and intercepts it. The ball goes out-of-play. Manchester City are awarded a corner kick.
Unbelievable! Ben Watson (Watford) scores direct from the corner. He curls the ball that goes straight into the back of the net. 1:0.
Ben Watson (Watford) looks like he will be the one to try and deliver a quality ball into the penalty box from the corner kick.
Odion Ighalo (Watford) races towards goal but the defender gets back well to make a challenge. The main referee points to the corner flag, Watford will take a corner.
Fernandinho (Manchester City) meets a cross inside the box, but he can’t placed his header well as it goes just over the bar.
David Silva (Manchester City) will deliver the corner kick.
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) fires a shot at goal from a very promising position outside the penalty area, but it is blocked by a self-sacrificing defender. The referee signals for a corner kick, Manchester City are awarded.
Ben Watson (Watford) puts a cross into the box from the free kick, but the defender gets there first.
Foul! Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) is penalised for pulling back his opponent. Watford have a free kick.
Jose Holebas (Watford) whips a promising cross into the box, but the opposition’s defence intercepts the ball.
Ben Watson (Watford) whips in a cross from the corner, but Joe Hart (Manchester City) is well prepared and punches the ball away.
Ben Watson (Watford) blows a good opportunity as he has a lot of space around him and fires a terrific shot from the edge of the box. The shot is directed straight towards the bottom left corner, but the goalkeeper makes a brilliant save and stops this one! Watford get a corner.
The half-time break is over and the second half is about to start.
We are watching a regular game with only a few moments to ignite the crowds. The players surely have higher capabilities, they just need to motivate themselves to a better performance. Neither team able to really control the flow of the game. The tactic of both sides is slow build-up play.
That is it for the first half after the referee blows his whistle and the players head to their dressing rooms.
Jose Holebas (Watford) attempts to whip in a crossfield pass, the defence does well to intercept the ball.
Fourth official shows 1 min. of added time.
Ben Watson (Watford) takes the free kick and sends the ball into the penalty area, but the opposition’s defence is ready.
Rough tackle by Fernandinho (Manchester City). The referee blows his whistle for a foul. Watford are given a free kick. Will they create a chance from this?
Bacary Sagna (Manchester City) plays a terrific long ball forward to Kevin De Bruyne, but he can’t beat his man and the move breaks down.
Jose Manuel Jurado (Watford) plays in a hopeful cross, but it doesn’t find its way to any of the attacking players. The ball goes out-of-play and Manchester City will have a goal kick.
Allan Nyom (Watford) gives the referee no choice but to show him a yellow card.
What a great effort! Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) decided to unleash a long-range shot and despite he hits it very well, it zooms only inches over the crossbar. We could have witnessed a magnificent goal.
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) dinks a cross into the box as he attempts to find one of his teammates, but the defence manages to make a clearance.
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) makes space inside the box for a shot, but his effort goes just wide of the left post.
Fernandinho (Manchester City) comes close to scoring. He connected with a pass inside the box, and he perhaps should have done better than direct his shot straight at Heurelho Gomes.
Yaya Toure (Manchester City) hammers the ball from far out, but his shot is blocked by an opposition player.
David Silva (Manchester City) makes a driving run into the box but he cannot work any space for a shot.
Almen Abdi (Watford) with a slide tackle, but referee Martin Atkinson calls for a foul.
Jose Holebas (Watford) looks to break free, but an opposing player clears.
Fernandinho (Manchester City) handles the ball and everyone in the stadium shouts for a foul to be given.
Good movement by Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), but he can’t find any of his teammates with a poor cross. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Watford.
Ben Watson (Watford) swings in the corner, but the goalkeeper does a brilliant job to intercept the effort.
The ball is cleared after Odion Ighalo (Watford) attempted to dribble past an opposing player. It will be a corner kick for Watford.
Heurelho Gomes hears fans clapping for his superb goalkeeping. He stops the effort from Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) from the edge of the box with a magnificent save. The ball would have probably ended inside the bottom left corner.
Ben Watson (Watford) takes the free kick and unleashes a strong shot from mid-range. Unfortunately for him, the ball curls inches over the crossbar. What a squandered chance!
Fernandinho (Manchester City) pulls the jersey of one of the opposition players, and Martin Atkinson blows his whistle for a foul. Watford earn a free kick which could lead to a goal-scoring opportunity.
Odion Ighalo (Watford) comes close to scoring. He connected with a pass inside the box, and he perhaps should have done better than direct his shot straight at Joe Hart.
Almen Abdi (Watford) threads a pass through the eye of a needle for Troy Deeney (Watford), but Joe Hart (Manchester City) displays great awareness to thwart the chance.
Ben Watson (Watford) takes the corner, but one of the defenders reacts well and rises highest to head the ball away.
Odion Ighalo (Watford) receives a good pass just outside the box, unleashes a strike from a promising position, but the shot is thwarted by the defender. The ball is out-of-play. Watford have been awarded a corner kick.
Jose Manuel Jurado (Watford) and Troy Deeney (Watford) attempts to split the opposition’s defence with a series of short passes and to win some extra space for the attack, but one of the defenders steps in and puts an end to the combination.
What a poor attempt! Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) drives another shot towards goal – this time from further out, but it couldn’t have been worse if he had shot blindfolded. The ball goes miles wide to the right.
Etienne Capoue (Watford) produces a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as the opposition player cuts him out.
What a chance that is! Almen Abdi (Watford) finds himself in a promising position after receiving a pass on the edge of the box. His attempt goes just over the bar.
The first half has started.
The players are on the pitch and Manchester City will have the kick-off.
Martin Atkinson will accompany the players on the pitch as the main referee today.
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